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Forty-eighth Annual Report 




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Raleigh. N. C, May 31, 1913. 
Dear Brethren: 

I submit herewith my Nineteenth Annual Report, which is the 
forty-eighth since the establishment of the institution. The 
year ended today has been successful and unusually strenuous 
from a business standpoint on account of the high cost of living. 
The enrollment in all departments was 485, slightly less than 
last year on account of the falling off in the Leonard School of 
Medicine. The daily average attendance, in all departments of 
the institution, was 451, somewhat in excess of last year. 

GRADUATES.— On Thursday, May 15th, there were graduated 
fifty-one students, as follows: 

Medical • 22 

Pharmacy 7 

Theological 2 

Law 2 

College 6 

Education 6 

Academic 2 

Domestic Science 4 

Counted three times, having received three 

degrees 2 

Counted twice, having received two degrees. . . 1 — 3 

HEALTH. — The health of the institution has been better than 
usual, which has doubtless been due in part to the mildness of 
the winter. 

I wish to renew my recommendation for the establishment of a 
gymnasium, where physical training can be regularly given. 

SANITATION. — The institution is in good condition from the 
standpoint of sanitation. Each of the buildings is now con- 
nected with the city sewer; but there should be more toilets and 
bathrooms in Shaw Hall and the medical dormitory. 

PHYSICAL CONDITION.— The physical condition of the prop- 
erty should be improved. Floors should be renewed and all the 
buildings painted. It has not been possible this year, because of 
the high cost of living, to obtain funds for ordinary minor re- 
pairs. The campus is in a sanitary and attractive condition, and 
the shade trees set out fifteen years ago have grown finely and 
are proving very attractive. 

RELIGIOUS LIFE. — Just after the session opened a series of 
religious meetings was conducted by Rev. G. W. Watkins, pastor 
of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Charlotte, N. C. There was a 
general quickening of the religious life of the institution, and 
there were thirteen conversions. Chapel exercises have been 
held every morning except Saturday and Sunday. The regular 
weekly prayer meeting was held on Thursday night, and there 
was a Sunday School from 9:30 to 10:30 a. m. each Sunday and a 
prayer meeting Sunday night from 7:30 to 8:30. Attendance 
upon all these exercises was required. In addition to the above, 
there were various voluntary meetings conducted separately by 
the young men and young women. 

FINANCIAL. — While the receipts of the year have been large, 
there is a deficit, as will be seen by referring to the financial part 
of this report, caused by the high cost of living and the slight 
falling off of attendance in the Leonard Medical School. It has 
been necessary to borrow $4,500 on short time notes to provide for 
the deficit. 

HIGHER SALARIES. — I again call your attention to the neces- 
sity for an increase in salaries on account of the increased cost 
of living. Were it not for the deep consecration of our teachers, 
we would not be able to operate the institution without an in- 
crease in salaries. The cost of living has been higher this year 
than it was last, and if the ratio of increase continues the raising 
of salaries will be an absolute necessity. 

ADDITIONAL TEACHERS.— In my last report I called atten- 
tion to the need of additional teachers. Plans are being developed 
for the reorganization of the Leonard Medical School, and I hope 
to make a special report on this subject early in July. There 
ought to be an additional teacher in the Men's Industrial Depart- 
ment and also in the Women's Industrial Department. 

THE LEONARD HOSPITAL.— The Leonard Hospital has been 
operated very satisfactorily, but on account of the large excess 
of expenditures over receipts it was necessary, on May 31st, to 
close the hospital until the opening of the next session. The 
facilities and service afforded by the hospital have been very sat- 
isfactory and deeply appreciated by the large number of patients 
received and cared for. 

COMMENCEMENT.— The annual address on Commencement 
Day was given by General T. W. Bickett, Attorney-General for the 
State of North Carolina. General Bickett is a native North Caro- 
linian and was brought up among the colored people. His ad- 
dress was sympathetic, and in his letter accepting the invitation 
to give the Commencement Address he stated that he did so be- 
cause of his interest in the colored people and for the further 
reason that he wished to be of service to the people and to the 

THEOLOGICAL HALL.— Steps have been taken to provide a 
home for the students of the Theological Department. The night 
before Commencement there was held in Shaw Chapel one of the 
best Alumni meetings in the history of the institution, and steps 
were taken to raise $15,000 for the proposed building and for 
further improvements in the Leonard Medical School. A meeting 
of a special committee was held at the University some time after 
Commencement and measures were taken to reach all the gradu- 
ates in every State in the South and call upon them for help. An 
organization was completed that will mean much for the School 
of Theology and also for the Leonard Medical School. This work 
is to be done by the graduates and friends themselves, without 
any obligation being assumed by the American Baptist Home 
Mission Society. 


IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED.— I again call your attention to 
the need of a library. The Carnegie offer of $15,000 should be 
supplemented at an early date by $15,000 for an endowment, so 
that the conditional pledge could be paid. The students in the 
Medical Department, under the leadership of Dr. J. G. Osborne, 
the Hospital Physician, have made a good beginning for a special 
medical library. 

If the $15,000 needed to supplement Mr. Carnegie's gift of 
$15,000 for a library can not be obtained soon, the medical dormi- 
tory should be enlarged so that all the medical students can be 
accommodated in that dormitory. There would then be addi- 
tional room in the Shaw Building for providing better library 
facilities and also for more toilets and bathrooms. 

SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY.— I renew my recommendation for 
the establishing at an early date of a School of Dentistry. An 
outlay of $2,500 would provide the necessary equipment and there 
would be only a slight increase in our salary list, for most of the 
students in the proposed School of Dentistry Avould recite in the 
same classes Avith the students of medicine and pharmacy. There 
is such a demand throughout the South for dentists that I be- 
lieve a school of dentistry would be successful from the start. 

SUMMER SCHOOL.— Steps should be taken for the permanent 
establishment of a Summer School for the professional training 
of teachers and for others who might wish to enter. The location 
of such a school at Shaw University, which is so conveniently 
located in the Capital City, would draw large numbers of students 
from all parts of the State. I believe that the State Department 
of Education would be glad to have such a school established and 
would cooperate heartily to make it a success. 

In view of the advancement of medical science and the conse- 
quent greater demands made upon the profession, a large number 
of practitioners would be glad to come for a few weeks and avail 
themselves of the superior advantages that will be afforded when 
the plans for the reorganization of the Leonard Schools of Medi- 
cine and Pharmacy have been completed. 

ATION. — It is gratifying to report that a ninth grade has been 

added to the colored public schools of the city of Raleigh. We 
do not now receive students from the city unless they can present 
certificates showing that they have completed the work of the 
ninth grade. This has enabled us to raise our requirements for 
admission. Higher requirements for admission and graduation 
in all departments of the institution are being considered, and 
will be put into force just as soon as possible. In the Schools of 
Medicine and Pharmacy higher requirements for admission will 
be put into effect October, 1914. As a result of the higher require- 
ments for graduation in the Literary Departments of the insti- 
tution, I might remark that an A.B. graduate of the Class of 1911 
is about to be graduated from the University of Chicago with the 
degree of Master of Arts. Graduates of our College Department 
now enter the Senior classes of the best Northern colleges and 

I can not close this report without commending highly the 
teachers in all departments of the institution for their faithful 
and consecrated service. Special mention should be made of the 
Leonard Medical School, because most of the teachers have served 
for about a third of the year without any compensation and 
all have promised to serve next year during our period of reorgani- 
zation and transition without any compensation whatever, if the 
financial condition proves such that there is no money to pay 

I append herewith my financial report, a copy of which has 
been forwarded to Mr. F. T. Moulton, Treasurer. 

Financial Report for Year Ended May 31st, 1913 

Receipts : 

Tuition and incidental fees $5,346.00 

Old accounts 106.50 

All other sources 5,322.30 

Loans from bank 5,500.00 

Book sales 1,130.53 

Slater Fund 2,250.00 

A. B. H. M. S 12,700.73 

W. A. B. H. M. S 600.00 



School supplies $1,392.58 

Repairs and wages 1,975.05 

Special improvements 891.67 

Student labor 1,285.09 

Gratuities and rebates 508.59 

Sundries 3,237.80 

Teachers' salaries : 

Slater appropriation 2,250.00 

A. B. H. M. S 10,499.92 

W. A. B. H. M. S 600.00 

Other salaries 2,501.90 

Bank loans repaid 2,500.00 


Surplus 5,313.46 


Receipts : 

Tuition and incidental fees $158.00 

Deficit 342.00 


Expenditures : 

Salary $500.00 



Tuition and incidental fees $1,040.00 

Deficit 106.15 

Expenditures : 

Salaries $837.50 

Supplies 308.65 



Receipts : 

Tuition and incidental fees $5,315.00 

Old accounts 70.15 

Deficit 19.49 


Expenditures : 

School supplies $422.89 

Charts 150.00 

Student labor 201.00 

Sundries 30.75 

Salaries 4,600.00 



Students' board $17,724.00 

Expenditures : 

Material for Boarding Department $9,293.54 

Service 900.20 

Heat, light, power and wages 4,259.24 

Water tax 457.76 

Surplus 2,813.26 



Receipts : 

Medical Department $5,385.15 

Pharmacy Department 1,040.00 

Law Department 158.00 

Literary Department 32,956.06 

Boarding Department 17,724.00 

Leonard Hospital 2,330.78 

Leonard Hospital donations 488.81 

Balance from 1911-12 275.64 


Medical Department $5,404.64 

Pharmacy Department 1,146.15 

Law Department 500.00 

Literary Department 27,642.60 

Boarding Department 14,910.74 

Leonard Hospital (including equipment) . . 10,164.90 

*Balance forward 589.41 



"Note.— Loan of $4,500 from hank; actual deficit, $3,910.59. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Charles Francis Meserve,